Letter 535

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 12/24 January 1877
Addressed to Sergey Taneyev
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow: Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (ф. 880)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. С. И. Танеев. Письма (1951), p. 15
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том VI (1961), p. 108

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
12 янв[аря]

Милый Серёжа!

Дело о концерте пошло на лад. Colonne мне отвечал полным согласием и весьма любезно. Относительно устройства практической стороны концерта он посоветовал мне обратиться к одному г. Giacomelli, которому уже я написал и жду от него ответа.

Теперь вот в чём дело. Безумно или нет с моей стороны просить Виардо через Тургенева участвовать в моём концерте? Ведь она пела мои романсы? Если безумно, то бросьте прилагаемое письмо. Если нет, то сходите к Тургеневу и передайте ему это письмо.

Как только получу ответ Жиакомелли, напишу Вам подробно.

Ваш, П. Чайковский

12 January

Dear Serezha!

The plans for the concert are going well [1]. Colonne has replied to me and given his full consent, and most kindly, too [2]. With regard to the organisation of the practical aspects of the concert, he recommends me to get in touch with a certain Mr Giacomelli — I have already written to him and am awaiting his reply [3].

Now here's what. Would it be seen as madness on my part if I were to ask Viardot, through Turgenev, to take part in my concert? After all, she has performed my songs, hasn't she? If it's a crazy idea, then just throw away the enclosed letter. But if not, then please call on Turgenev and hand him this letter [4]. As soon as I receive a reply from Giacomelli I shall write to you in detail.

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky was hoping to organise a concert of his works in Paris at some point between January and March 1877, and for this purpose he had decided to enlist the services of Édouard Colonne's orchestra. See Letter 518 to Taneyev, 5/17 December 1876.
  2. Colonne's reply to Tchaikovsky's letter to him of 25 December 1876/6 January 1877 (Letter 528a) has not survived in the composer's archives at Klin, but see Letter 534a to Colonne.
  3. Adolphe Giacomelli (ca.1825-1893), French music critic and theatre and concert agent of Italian origins. He was chief editor of La Presse musicale from 1854 to 1892. Richard Wagner entrusted Giacomelli with the organisation of his concerts in France and Belgium in 1860. His musical agency in Paris was located on No. 45, Rue Richer. See the information provided in: Malou Haine, 400 lettres de musiciens: au Musée royal de Mariemont (Liège, 1995), p. 316, note 2. Tchaikovsky's letter to Giacomelli has not come to light.
  4. No letters from Tchaikovsky to Turgenev have come to light, although it is known that they did correspond briefly.